島國日常 18 袋貂肉派

紐西蘭於1837年從澳洲引進「袋貂」(possum,又譯「負鼠」),卻在無天敵的情況下,嚴重影響當地生態。其數量的控制,主要是靠紐西蘭保育部的病蟲害防治行動以及毛皮業者的獵捕;食用袋貂肉相較罕見,卻也是個美味的選擇。天然資源保護論者就宣揚袋貂是「放山且有機」的肉品。

目前在澳洲,袋貂的食用方法,可見於懷舊食譜集。在紐西蘭,則有人烹煮袋貂創意料理來當派對食品,或進行商業販售。商用袋貂肉須經有照肉商供應,自家食用最好以獵槍或陷阱捕捉。藥物雖可毒死袋貂,但易危害食用者的健康。

Since the Australian brush tailed possums were introduced to New Zealand to establish the fur trade in 1837, these furry little creatures have been threatening the local environment as there’s no predators. The pest control by Department of Conservation and the killing for fur products are two of the common factors reducing the possum population, while consuming possum meat is a rare but tasty option. The latter as a conservationist said, “…are free range and organic…"

The old Aussie possum pie recipe is available in the book, Possum Pie, Beetroot Beer and Lamingtons: Australian Family Recipes 1968 – 1950, by Victoria Heywood. On the other hand, some Kiwis successfully created their own possum dishes for parties or business. In New Zealand, possum meat products for sale must be obtained from Ministry of Primary Industries certified suppliers, while for personal consumption, shooting and trapping are safer than poisoning as way of capture.

If you want to make your own possum pies, here’s a recipe:http://goo.gl/cqKnmv

Related links:
Possums (Department of Conservation, NZ) http://goo.gl/F4dXvR
New business venture finds growing market for possum meat (Predator Free NZ) http://goo.gl/N8BFVL
Possum on menu in the Far North (Stuff.co.nz) http://goo.gl/mcLoJO
Possum pies cafe in trouble (TVNZ) http://goo.gl/pRd076
Possum Pie, Beetroot Beer and Lamingtons by Victoria Heywoodhttp://goo.gl/JRnQdA

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